By Janice Huckin
Victoria (ISN) – The Intermediate ‘A’ Shamrocks hit the floor at Bear Mountain Arena minus about a dozen regulars but still managed to come out on the winning end of a 16-7 score against the visiting Langley Thunder.
With several regulars attending a ‘field lacrosse’ shootout event in Denver, the Rocks called up 6 players for back-up and the team didn’t miss a beat, jumping out to a 5-0 first period lead on their way to the victory. Keifer Hagedorn got the start in goal for the Shamrocks, while Aiden Yorke guarded the crease at the Langley end of the floor.
The home team got on the board early, call-up Dane Chapman getting in close to score at 1:16. A couple of power play goals followed. Playing some quick passes, Jamie Jensen got the feed right on the corner of the crease and scored at 5:01. At 10:16, an identical play notched Jensen’s second of the contest, just 16 seconds into a power play. Team captain Max Fredrickson, back in the line-up after a couple of injuries kept him out over the last while, picked up an unassisted tally at 11:25, beating Yorke with a low backhander. Dane Sorensen gave the home team the 5-0 lead at 14:43 finishing off a run down the floor with Fredrickson. Shots on goal were 22-9 for the Shamrocks.
Langley got on the board first in period 2, Chase Fraser firing a hard shot from outside the dotted line on a delayed penalty call at 2:20. It took only 39 seconds for the Rocks to reply, Fredrickson picking up his second of the contest. The Thunder gained a bit of momentum, scoring the next two goals, the first coming from Reece Callies on a bouncer at 3:21. The second was a power play goal from Jacob Pearson that beat Hagedorn just inside the post at 4:56. Cole Pickup struck back for the Shamrocks at 7:25 with an outside shot but that was answered at 7:42 when Langley’s Jesse Worley got in close and found the back of the net. There was a lapse in scoring for a few minutes but the home team got a third goal from Fredrickson at 13:14, that one coming with his team a man short. At 15:01, Chase Oickle restored the 5-goal lead. That goal signaled time for a goaltender change for the Thunder. The visitors picked up one more at 16:27, the second of the game for Pearson on the power play but Victoria closed out the scoring when Sorensen returned the favour on the power play, picking up his second of the game at 16:58, getting to the net and putting the ball over top of the goalie. Again in period 2, shots favoured the Rocks, albeit by a smaller margin, 21-16. They retained the 5-goal lead, 10-5 after 40 minutes.
The Shamrocks owned the third period, outscoring their opponents 6-2. The game had been pretty physical throughout but got into the ‘nasty’ stage as period three progressed. The Rocks scored the first three goals of the period from Pickup, his second, Jensen his third of the game on the power play and Sorensen also his hat-trick goal. That had the lead widened to 13-5 by the 6:32 mark. Worley got one back for the Thunder at 7:38 and another from Joshua Strong at 8:29. It was at this point that Langley’s Austin Iredale floored Wyatt Oickle with a shot to the head followed by another as he lay on the floor. For his trouble Iredale was assessed a match penalty and Oickle was helped from the floor. Victoria rounded out the scoring with the final 3 goals of the period. Sorensen picked up his fourth on a great interception and unassisted goal at 11:53, Fredrickson scored off a rebound at 15:25 and Sorensen closed the door on the game at 18:48 on a delayed penalty call.
Unofficially, the Shamrocks were led offensively by their captain Max Fredrickson with 4 goals and about 7 assists. Dane Sorensen chipped in 5 goals and 3 helpers, Jamie Jensen 3 goals and 1 assist and call-up Cole Pickup added 2 goals and 3 helpers. Other goals came from Dane Chapman and Chase Oickle. Keifer Hagedorn picked up the win in goal, kicking out 30 of the 37 shots he faced.
The Thunder got two goals each from Jesse Worley and Jacob Pearson, with singles coming from Joshua Strong, Reece Callies and Chase Fraser.
Next home game for the Intermediate Shamrocks is Tuesday evening at Bear Mountain Arena when they will face the Nanaimo Timbermen. It should be a battle as usual with this island rival. Come out and support the boys; admission is by donation and the action gets under way at 7:30 pm.